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Help Me Hayley: Important Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is quickly approaching. It's a day many of our children look forward to all year long, but they aren't alone. It can be prime time for crime. In a special Help Me Hayley, we poured over pages and pages of data to show you what crimes are most common on Halloween, what time criminals are out the most, and what trick or treating routes you need to avoid.

Let's start with crime. Halloween 2015 was very busy for area law enforcement, likely because Halloween fell on a Saturday. Weekdays are generally much tamer for police.

Based on City of Spokane crime stats from the past five years, the most common crimes on the holiday are theft, vandalism, burglary and even assault.  

The last time we had a Monday Halloween was in 2011. Things were fairly tame, and if history repeats itself, we could see our tamest Halloween in years.

We then dug into what specific time on the holiday you are most likely to find yourself the victim of a crime.  We analyzed information from the past five years. On average, you need to watch your back, and your stuff, extra diligently from 3pm to 6pm. Keep in mind this is usually when your young kiddos are getting some trick or treating in, or when you’re still wrapping up your work day. We have included maps showing crime trends and the specific times of day throughout this article.

Next, we focused on pedestrian safety. Check out the City of Spokane's Master Pedestrian Plan https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/bcc/commissions/plan-commission/meeting-documents/2015/09/23/pedestrian-master-plan-crash-analysis-edits.pdf. It shows the locations of where people have been struck by a vehicle while walking. Of all the dangers you might experience on Halloween, car accidents are among the most common. Children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than at any other time of the year.

That pedestrian plan shows, downtown is the worst when it comes to your odds of being hit by a car. Stats also show multiple intersections on Division see frequent crashes. Records show the city has also outlined Mission Avenue in the Chief Gary Park neighborhood, Hamilton near Gonzaga’s campus, and the intersection of Francis and Ash as among the most treacherous.

What about sidewalks? This map has everything your family needs to know: https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/bcc/commissions/plan-commission/meeting-documents/2015/09/23/pedestrian-master-plan-crash-analysis-edits.pdf. Take extra safety precautions if you’re headed to any neighborhood in the handful of blocks in either direction off of Wall, directly north of Francis. We discovered the same findings of “low walkability’ for a large portion of Spokane's South Hill, including streets south of 37th from High Drive to Regal.

Local law enforcement advise going with your children to trick or treat if they are under the age of 12. They also recommend checking for registered sex offenders: http://www.icrimewatch.net/index.php?AgencyID=54488  in your area before heading out.

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